Adjective "liberal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one's own; open to new ideas.
  1. 'Who will defend liberal ideas against the enemy of liberal ideas?'
  2. 'A deepening conflict between the liberal intelligentsia and the government has developed over the last several years.'
  3. 'Western countries pride themselves on their supposedly liberal acceptance of different cultures.'
  4. 'I think it is even more important than ever that the open, generous, liberal view have a responsible and regular voice.'
  5. 'Why do liberal ideas often connect to unhappiness?'
  6. 'That we shouldn't meddle in other countries if our own country needs work is also a liberal idea.'
  7. 'In spite of all experience they hoped that Prussia was more open to liberal ideas than Austria.'
  8. 'Friends and family call me liberal, but that's not entirely true.'
  9. 'New Zealand law has taken a very liberal approach to dual citizenship, particularly since 1977.'
  10. 'The government encourages the existence of charitable NGOs through tax exemptions and liberal laws of association and incorporation.'
  11. 'The liberal state should be neutral towards people's ethical ideas.'
  12. 'In contrast, countries like the UK and the Netherlands have always enjoyed liberal laws relating to the content of vitamins, with few restrictions.'
  13. 'They dream of a better life in Britain, where immigration laws are relatively liberal and they have an easier path to becoming legal residents.'
  14. 'Freedom and a liberal society was redeemed for some but not all.'
  15. 'French archival laws became more liberal after 1975, and historians were less prone to see their task as glorifying the Resistance.'
  16. 'The New Jersey Restaurant Association earlier this summer reported a surge in business as smokers travelled across from New York to avail of its more liberal laws.'
  17. 'Our state will be a shining beacon of liberal freedom, where anyone and everyone will have the right to live any way they want, and believe whatever they want.'
  18. 'The biggest complaint, a problem the U.S. has been pushing to address, is forced overtime in defiance of what is, on paper, a liberal Cambodian labor law.'
  19. 'a liberal democratic state'
  20. 'In liberal democracies, most political participation stems from the initiatives of individuals or of institutions that are not formally part of government.'
  21. 'It comes from a deep-seated conviction that there is only one economic system, the globalised free market, set in the political context of liberal democracy.'
  22. 'The next major burst of policy activity came three decades later as America entered a period of liberal progressive politics.'
  23. 'Republican liberalism is built on the claim that liberal democracies are more peaceful and law-abiding than are other political systems.'
  24. 'If one is to be truly for liberal government and social democracy, then you must be for these things abroad as well as at home.'
  25. 'Its own steady drift to the right over the last quarter-century mirrors the breakdown of the objective basis in the United States for a program of liberal social reform.'
  26. 'The Democrats have abandoned any policy of liberal social reform and adapted themselves, in deeds if not in words, to the class-war policies of the Republicans.'
  27. 'Different historical and social contexts have shaped the political goals of liberal socialism.'
  28. 'Social reformism within a liberal democratic framework is apparently just one more snare in the mechanism of domination.'
  29. 'It goes beyond this of course, and makes arguments and is at home in liberal democratic politics.'
  30. 'If you're in a safe Labor or safe Liberal seat, you'll get nothing.'
  31. 'No, both the Labor and Liberal Parties have always used their patronage system to sometimes stack the board with party political hacks.'
  32. 'Progress will depend on the city's new Liberal Democrat leaders who are not yet in a position to respond.'
  33. 'Modern liberal seekers found him unnecessarily complicated or downbeat, while Christians found his theology thin and secular.'
  34. 'Others who had found that church too theologically liberal for their tastes espoused a more traditional theology.'
(of education) concerned with broadening a person's general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training.
  1. 'Specifically, the annual meeting believes it important to state the values of a liberal education for all students and for society at large.'
  2. 'Some standards are more explicit than others, but efforts are underway to enhance the relationship between professional and liberal education.'
  3. 'The availability of a liberal education curriculum by itself is unlikely to stem the tide of technical training.'
  4. 'Those are precisely the skills taught by liberal education.'
  5. 'New technologies offer rich opportunities for enhancing the skills that liberal education seeks to develop.'
  6. 'College presidents mobilize to promote liberal education for all students.'
  7. 'The history of higher education teaches us that liberal education is inextricably intertwined with normative goals.'
  8. 'In other words, teacher trainees must acquire knowledge of subject matter, as well as a general liberal education.'
  9. 'Interdisciplinarity and community are critical elements of this learning community's notion of liberal education.'
  10. 'The academy is reinventing the practice of liberal education - but seems bent on ensuring that no one knows.'
(especially of an interpretation of a law) broadly construed or understood; not strictly literal.
  1. 'Winning the appreciation of an orthodox audience, with a liberal interpretation of a traditional play, is next to impossible.'
  2. 'There are also divisions between those who interpret the Qur'an literally and those who are more liberal in its interpretation.'
  3. 'Dr Javaid Iqbal, in the end, approves of the Sufis' liberal interpretation of Islam, which helped poetry, music and dance to find a place in Muslim culture.'
  4. 'Based purely on a regulation about religious cults, some officials began to offer liberal interpretations.'
  5. 'Ms. Landolt suggests that such liberal interpretations of the Charter's freedom of expression guarantees give licence to extreme social deviance.'
  6. 'Similarly, Dutch courts have placed a liberal interpretation on Dutch legislative provisions on jurisdiction over war crimes.'
  7. 'Statutes providing such benefits are to be given a liberal interpretation so as to achieve their objective.'
  8. 'It seemed a liberal interpretation of the term ‘cosmopolitan’ - but then that's rural living for you.'
  9. 'This subsection must be given a large and liberal interpretation to achieve the overall purpose of the Rules.'
  10. 'Pope John Paul's papacy has been marked by his attempt to maintain the traditionalist wing of the Church while rejecting more liberal interpretations.'
Given, used, or occurring in generous amounts.
  1. 'Tips for reducing exposure to UV radiation include wearing protective clothing, applying liberal amounts of sunscreen and staying in the shade as much as possible.'
  2. 'If circumstances allow, at a party or ceremony, grilled chicken, soft drinks, and bottled beer are served and consumed in liberal amounts.'
  3. 'On the floor of the first gallery, a space meant to represent aridity, would be a few shallow pools of oil, small amounts of glass and liberal sprinklings of red powder.'
  4. 'Group scout leader Ann Pope restored the mace to its former glory with liberal amounts of metal polish, furniture wax and elbow grease, and a handing-back ceremony was arranged.'
  5. 'There was also a liberal amount of calamari, but mostly just legs that weren't that appealing to chase around with a fork.'
  6. 'Current tradition requires dousing the beast in a liberal amount of whisky while accompanying it with an even larger measure.'
  7. 'Elaine poured out a liberal amount of brandy to warm him.'
  8. 'Remove to a large oven tray, and add liberal amounts of good olive oil and sea salt.'
  9. 'This early stage of the diet allows liberal amounts of fat and protein, and only twenty grams of carbohydrates per day.'
  10. 'Note that the patient has used liberal amounts of hair gel, hair spray, and perfume, all of which act as fuel and accelerants for a fire.'
  11. 'Sam was too liberal with the wine'
  12. 'Ellis was liberal with the fiction and facts in his new novel.'
  13. 'He was even liberal in dishing out helpings for Natalia.'


A person of liberal views.
  1. 'For liberals to make such arguments effectively, they must first take back their movement from the softs.'
  2. 'Bleeding heart liberals have said the new regulations will deny free speech.'
  3. 'From being radical liberals they now became national socialists.'
  4. 'Worst of all, though, are well-meaning liberals who assist in this subterfuge.'
  5. 'His embrace of the doctrine of zero tolerance, however, infuriates liberals.'
  6. 'Classical liberals believe that the precautions and warfare are necessary to protect the bubble.'
  7. 'They say the very thing that social liberals want to hear.'
  8. 'I think most liberals really do oppose the war.'
  9. 'You don't have to be a so-called bleeding-heart liberal or a low-income worker to worry about inequality.'
  10. 'The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.'
  11. 'The pamphlet concluded with an appeal for voters to place the Liberals last in the election.'
  12. 'It will be a tragedy if the Liberals continue to be the main beneficiaries of this.'
  13. 'The Tories and Liberals were easily beaten into third and fourth places.'
  14. 'The federal Liberals have taken wasting the public's money to a whole new level.'
  15. 'The Liberals were, at the time, the party to which many radicals looked when it came to elections.'
  16. 'I think giving the Liberals a chance would be healthy - it has been in the Scottish parliament.'
  17. 'Council tax has gone up because of the appalling mess the Tories and Liberals are making of running the council.'
  18. 'Churchill allegedly made his move to the Liberals on the issue of free trade.'
  19. 'It ensures that Labor will not be socialist and that the Liberals will not be liberal.'
  20. 'A vote for Plaid or the Liberals could let the Tories in by the back door.'


1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.

2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.

3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.

4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and s

More examples(as adjective)

"thoughts can be liberal in dispositions."

"somes can be liberal in orientations."

"rebels can be liberal with signals."

"places can be liberal in terms."

"places can be liberal in policies."

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Middle English: via Old French from Latin liberalis, from liber ‘free (man)’. The original sense was ‘suitable for a free man’, hence ‘suitable for a gentleman’ (one not tied to a trade), surviving in liberal arts. Another early sense ‘generous’ (compare with liberal (sense 4 of the adjective)) gave rise to an obsolete meaning ‘free from restraint’, leading to liberal (sense 1 of the adjective) (late 18th century).